Odishatv Bureau

Bhubanesar: Railway employees are likely to get a bonus of 78-day work this year and the Railway Board has proposed the 78-day wages as productivity-linked bonus (PLB) for 2017-18 after detailed discussions with rail unions.

The proposal is likely to be approved by the Cabinet soon... It is what IANS reported citing a senior Railway Ministry official, But the question here is what about the other Central government employees who have been waiting for long and demand a further hike in the minimum pay against what was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

The bonus for railwaymen assumes significance as five states are entering the electioneering phase while the general elections also round the corner. The government is slated to announce the bonus in the next few days after Cabinet approval, IANS reported.

It is worth mentioning here that the same has also been reported about the CG employees that the Modi government would not take risk of dragging the wrath of the employees by not paying heed to their demands.

PLB is paid to about 12.26 lakh railway employees each year before the Dussehra festival. This does not include the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) personnel.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen General Secretary M. Raghavaiah was quoted by IANS as saying, "Since the Railways has earned Rs. 16,000 crore more han the last year's earnings and transported a record 1,161 million tonnes of freight this time, we had demanded an 80-day bonus. But finally, we agreed on 78 days."

All India Railwaymen federation has welcomed the step stating that such steps motivates the employees to improve the financial position of the public transporter.

However, it's surprising that on what context the Modi government is not considering the demand of the Central government employee who are also citing that their present minimum pay has failed to put any impact on their financial position.

Of all, reports are there that the NDA government is likely to increase the minimum pay of the employees next month or at least before the upcoming general elections.